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Is there any way to make Mozilla Firefox automatically rename downloaded files of the same name like Chrome does?

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When I right-click on an image in Chrome, and choose `save as`, it doesn't ask me for a new file name if a file with the same name exists in the folder. It just adds a `(1)` suffix to the filename automatically. However, in Firefox, it asks me to type a new file name if the directory contains a file with the same name. Is there any under-the-hood switch to fix this behavior? ( BTW my download option is set to "Save files to Downloads without asking me every time" ) Sounds like a simple problem but imagine you need to download 100 images from a web page and every file on the server is named `image.jpg`.

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So you want it to append the number instead of asking you?

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I think that Firefox should rename the file and automatically add a number when you haven't selected the 'ask' choice in "Options/Preferences -> General -> Downloads".

Start Firefox in Safe Mode to check if one of the extensions ("3-bar" menu button or Tools -> Add-ons -> Extensions) or if hardware acceleration is causing the problem.

  • switch to the DEFAULT theme: "3-bar" menu button or Tools -> Add-ons -> Themes
  • do NOT click the "Refresh Firefox" button on the Safe Mode start window

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I think the problem is using Save Image As... (or other Save something As... menu items) always shows the file browsing dialog and doesn't do any automatic name collision resolution for you. Maybe an add-on could provide an easier workflow.

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@jscher2000 @cor-el

`Save Image As` dialog is the problem. It should be adding the (1) suffix to the file name but it doesn't.

You can simply test this on this page.

STEP 1) Just right click on your avatar image and select `Save Image As...`

STEP 2) Type ENTER and save it with it's original file name.

STEP 3) Repeat STEP 1

STEP 4) Type ENTER and it won't save. It will ask `File already exists. Do you want to replace it?`


If you do this with Chrome or Opera, it doesn't ask you to rename the file. It simply renames it by itself and all you need to do is press ENTER.

I think this is a more userfriendly way for this process.

I'm asking if this feature exist in Firefox and is it possible to activate it by some kind of `deep switch.` If not, I'd be glad to submit this as a requested feature to be implemented in the future Firefox.

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One thing you could try is to right-click the download link and select Save As. Firefox only renames the files if you aren't using the "Ask" option in Options/Preferences and let Firefox save the files to the default download location.

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